Günther Specht
Oberstleutnant

Günther Specht

    Günther Specht was born on 13 November 1914 at Frankenstein in Niederschlesien. Specht was serving with ZG 76, at the beginning of World War 2, flying Bf 110 Zerstörer twin-engined fighters.  Leutnant Specht was assigned to 3./ZG 76. On 29 September 1939 he achieved his first victories when he shot down two RAF Hampden twin-engine bombers. On 3 December 1939, he shot down a RAF Wellington twin-engine bomber over the North Sea. However, his aircraft received hits in the cockpit from return fire seriously wounding him and necessitating a ditching in the sea. He subsequently lost the sight in his left eye. Specht did not let the disability deter him from combat flying. On 23 May 1940, he shot down three RAF Spitfire fighters. However, his aircraft was shot up in the engagement necessitating a forced-landing between Calais and Boulogne. Specht again received serious wounds, which would keep him from combat duty for some time. On his recovery, Specht became a staff officer and, on 31 October 1941, Gruppenkommandeur of III./Nachtjagdschule 1, a position he held until 31 October 1942. At the end of 1942, Specht returned to a combat role. On 26 February 1943, as a member of 10./JG 1, he shot down a USAAF B-17 four-engine bomber.

Günther Specht climbing out of his Bf 109G
Hptm. Günther Specht climbing out of his Bf 109G. Jever, early summer 1943.

    In May 1943, Hauptmann Specht became Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 11. At the end of 1943, he had 24 victories to his credit, including 14 four-engine bombers. Despite his visual handicap, he became one of the leading Viermottöter. On 20 February 1944, he force-landed on the Danish Aroe Island as a result of technical trouble with his Bf 109 G. On 8 April 1944, Major Specht was awarded the Ritterkreuz for 31 victories. On 15 May 1944, Major Specht became Kommodore of JG 11. In July, he again suffered head injuries in a forced-landing. Despite suffering severe pain from his injuries, Specht remained on combat duty. Specht was listed as missing in action over Asch, Belgium on 1 January 1945, during operation Bodenplatte, in Fw 190 A-9 (W.Nr. 205 033) “Black 4”. It is presumed he was a victim of flak. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Oberstleutnant and was recommended for the Eichenlaub.
    Günther Specht shot down 34 enemy aircraft. All his victories were recorded over the Western front and include 15 four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location
Comments
1.
29.9.1939
 10:01
Hampden 3./ZG 26 SE Helgoland Hampden of 144 Sqn RAF
2.
29.9.1939
 10:05
Hampden 3./ZG 26 SE Helgoland Hampden of 144 Sqn RAF
3.
3.12.1939
 -
Wellington 3./ZG 26 Near Heligoland Wellington Ia (N2880) “Z” of 38 Sqn RAF
4.
23.5.1940
 -
Spitfire 3./ZG 26 Calais-Boulogne Spitfire of 92 Sqn RAF. P/O Paul Klipsch 
5.
23.5.1940
 -
Spitfire 3./ZG 26 Calais-Boulogne Spitfire of 92 Sqn RAF. S/L Roger Bushell 
6.
23.5.1940
 -
Spitfire 3./ZG 26 Calais-Boulogne  
7.
26.2.1943
12:18
B-17 10./JG 1 80km NW Borkum  
8.
14.5.1943
12:10
B-24 II./JG 11 E Schleswig  
9.
15.5.1943
 -
B-17 II./JG 11    
10.
19.5.1943
 -
B-17 II./JG 11    
11.
11.6.1943
18:05
B-17 II./JG 11 84/7/1/5, 8000 m  
12.
25.6.1943
8:52
B-17 II./JG 11 Ost S/AQ-5/6, 7900 m  
13.
26.7.1943
11:42
B-17 II./JG 11 Ost S/FS-5/4, 8200 m  
14.
28.7.1943
9:02
B-17 II./JG 11 Ost S/RS-4/7, 5200m  
15.
17.8.1943
15:00
B-17 II./JG 11 22km NNE Diest  
16.
17.8.1943
15:20
B-17 II./JG 11 2km W Hergarten  
17.
4.10.1943
10:16
B-24 II./JG 11 Ost S/TN-6, 4500m  
18.
8.10.1943
16:39
B-24 II./JG 11 North Sea  
19.
9.10.1943
 -
B-17 II./JG 11    
20.
13.11.1943
 -
P-38 II./JG 11 Bremen-Zuider Zee  
21.
26.11.1943
 -
B-17 II./JG 11 Bremen-Zuider Zee  
22.
29.11.1943
 -
P-47 II./JG 11 Bremen-Oldenburgh  
23.
20.12.1943
 -
P-51 II./JG 11 Bremen P-51 of 354 FG USAAF
24.
22.12.1943
 -
P-47 II./JG 11 Münster-Osnabrück  
25.
5.1.1944
 -
P-38 II./JG 11 Kiel-Cuxhaven  
26.
30.1.1944
 -
P-47 II./JG 11 Pl Qu 05 Ost S   
27.
11.2.1944
12:15
P-51 II./JG 11 Near St Wendel, 8000 m  
28.
21.2.1944
13:54
P-47 II./JG 11 Hannover-Liethe area, 8000 m  
29.
22.2.1944
13:25
P-51 II./JG 11 Blomberg area  
30.
22.2.1944
13:42
B-17 II./JG 11 Detmold area, 7100 m  
31.
11.9.1944
 -
P-51 JG 11 unknown place, 150 m  
32.
26.9.1944
14:04
Typhoon JG 11 Deventer  
33.
26.9.1944
14:04
Typhoon JG 11 Deventer  
34.
5.12.1944
12:35
P-51 JG 11 S Mittellandkanal  

Victories : 34
Awards : Ehrenpokal (23 August 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (25 November 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (8 April 1944)
Units : ZG 26, JG 11

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